New £7million railway exchange unveiled in town

Crewe Guardian: VIPs unveil new £7million rail exchange in Crewe VIPs unveil new £7million rail exchange in Crewe

CREWE’S £7million railway station transformation is complete after contractors marked the occasion with a special ceremony.

The scheme, which provides improved access at Crewe Railway Station, is the first project to be delivered under the 20-year ‘All Change for Crewe’ regeneration programme.

Balfour Beatty handed over the completed Crewe Railway Exchange project for Cheshire East Council this week.

The work included the construction of a 244 space car park, with taxi rank and cycling facilities, and new access to the platforms through covered subways with lift access to the parking facilities.

The complex project located on the West Coast Main Line, Britain’s busiest mixed-traffic railway route, involved maintaining the service access route while demolishing two buildings: the Royal Mail building, which was connected to the fabric of the station, and Weston House.

The WW1 memorial displayed at Weston House was carefully relocated by the project team to the station’s new entrance building.

Balfour Beatty told the Guardian of those working on the project, 75 per cent were from within a 30 mile radius of Crewe.

Peter Commins, Balfour Beatty managing director for the north west, said: “This was a complex project with multiple end users who had specific requirements, which through close collaborative working with our customer, Cheshire East Council, and stakeholders, Network Rail and Virgin Trains, we were able to deliver to the satisfaction of all.”

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